The Global Corporate Finance Society (GCFS) is a policy-based member-funded organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors.
The Global Corporate Finance Society (GCFS) is a professional association and member-based network for finance professionals around the world. A non-profit corporation, the society was initially founded the Corporate Finance Institute® and now is run by the members of the organization. A leadership voice in corporate finance, the GCFS is dedicated to educating and advocating for corporate finance professionals internationally, developing and maintaining the highest professional and ethical industry standards, and supporting members with expert advice on best professional practices. Core professionals are those individuals involved in performing financial analysis, research, business valuation and financial modeling. Global Corporate Finance Society was established to instill confidence in financial analysts, its members, and engage with industry leaders to advance ethics and professional standards of practice.
Our mission is to up the standard for financial analysts globally by promoting the highest level of technical and non-technical financial skills. The GCFS extends our mission globally by maintaining high industry standards through in-demand certified and comprehensive education programs.
Our GCFS country ambassadors are picked to help grow and connect the society. Their roles include:
Ethics and Standards
GCFS Ethics and Standards require members to:
Present financial information in an accurate and fair manner
Uphold the highest level of professionalism at all times
Continuously improve technical and non-technical skills
Avoid conflicts of interest and disclose them if they arise
Comply with all laws and regulations in their jurisdiction
Members must comply with these standards and ethics in order to maintain their FMVA® designation.
Having principles is absolutely essential for succeeding in life and as a financial analyst. Below are the unique principles that all analysts with the FMVA® designation are encouraged to adhere to.
Financial Analysis Principles include:
- Simplicity is greater than complexity (i.e. “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”).
- Structure of financial models requires a clear distinction between drivers and outputs
- Formatting should be consistently and systematically used to keep models organized and easy to use
- Presentation of information and data should be visually appealing and easy for users to understand
- Accuracy is essential and models should be carefully audited and tested to ensure accuracy
- Strategy and big-picture thinking must be incorporated in an iterative approach to modeling
The Global Corporate Finance Society (GCFS) is led by a volunteer Board of Directors and are selected from nominations put forward by society members. The Directors are bound by our ethics and standards. The governing authority is accountable to the members for management of the association and is responsible for setting policy and direction for the GCFS. The elected GCFS Board of Directors determines the Vision, Mission, Values, Goals, and policies that help guide the society’s efforts. GCFS policies are reviewed on annual basis to ensure they best reflect the needs of its members.